Halo 3 Heroic Map Pack live - on Live!

The Heroic map pack contains three new maps, each presenting a totally different play style. Standoff's symmetrical valley, with its entrenched bases and fields of boulders is ideal for mid-sized objective and Slayer game types, while Rat's Nest's vast, labyrinthine passages bring something quite new to the Halo multiplayer experience – an indoor vehicle paradise, strongly influenced by the Campaign mode ideal for big team battles. Finally, Foundry is the ultimate Forge map – players can edit every single object in this voluminous industrial warehouse, place stairways, walls, bridges and tunnels to create an entirely new play space and build almost any kind of map they can think of.

All this great new mappage (is that word I just made up?) can be all yours for the low low price of 800 MS points. Of course you can wait the usual 6 or 8 months or whatever it is and the maps can be free. If you want to wait that is. Enjoy the new maps folks.

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I didn't want this to come across as an insult, but I'll just be direct in my opinion because I'm honestly offended by your comment: You sound like a complete tool for Microsoft.

I refuse to touch this map pack until it comes out for free next spring. 800 points for 3 maps for a game that's barely three months old? A game that has broken the sales record by miles for biggest opening day for a game (What was it? Around 450 million dollars?). Why am I paying $50 a year for Live when I still have to pay for all the content on it?

Bungie's excuse (as taken from one of their weekly updates) of "It costs money to develop these things" just doesn't cut it for anyone who grew up playing first person shooters on the PC. Or maybe Valve was just the biggest bunch of suckers with all the content they gave away for Half-life. I can't even remember how many maps they gave away, but it felt like a ton, and let's not forget the fact that they game away an ENTIRE game as a thank you to their fans (The original Team Fortress for Half-life for those who don't know). I'm pretty sure the first Half-life didn't even come close to selling as well as Halo 3 did. Valve is just one example though. Epic has given away tons of free content as well, as well as countless other companies.

And last, my other favorite counter to the $10 for three friggen maps argument: "If you can't even afford ten dollars after buying Halo 3 and live there's something wrong with you." It isn't the cost that matters, it's the principle. Why am I paying $10 for a game I already payed $60 for? I already consider the $10 price hike of next gen games a joke (Which Nintendo seems to agree with, and lets not forget the laughable joke that every "Next-Gen" game ported to the PC costs $10 less MSRP). Why do I have to pay another $10 for maps to play on a service I already pay $50 a year for?

I'm sorry I have to rant on this, but I'm honestly dumbfound at the sheer number of people who fork over their cash with no problem and completely buy into all of Bungie's/Microsofts excuses for charging for this. Then again, more power to MS/Bungie for capitalizing on P.T. Barnum's original philosophy. I will download these maps, but not until they're free at springtime.

Raptor said,
I didn't want this to come across as an insult, but I'll just be direct in my opinion because I'm honestly offended by your comment: You sound like a complete tool for Microsoft.

I refuse to touch this map pack until it comes out for free next spring. 800 points for 3 maps for a game that's barely three months old? A game that has broken the sales record by miles for biggest opening day for a game (What was it? Around 450 million dollars?). Why am I paying $50 a year for Live when I still have to pay for all the content on it?

Bungie's excuse (as taken from one of their weekly updates) of "It costs money to develop these things" just doesn't cut it for anyone who grew up playing first person shooters on the PC. Or maybe Valve was just the biggest bunch of suckers with all the content they gave away for Half-life. I can't even remember how many maps they gave away, but it felt like a ton, and let's not forget the fact that they game away an ENTIRE game as a thank you to their fans (The original Team Fortress for Half-life for those who don't know). I'm pretty sure the first Half-life didn't even come close to selling as well as Halo 3 did. Valve is just one example though. Epic has given away tons of free content as well, as well as countless other companies.

And last, my other favorite counter to the $10 for three friggen maps argument: "If you can't even afford ten dollars after buying Halo 3 and live there's something wrong with you." It isn't the cost that matters, it's the principle. Why am I paying $10 for a game I already payed $60 for? I already consider the $10 price hike of next gen games a joke (Which Nintendo seems to agree with, and lets not forget the laughable joke that every "Next-Gen" game ported to the PC costs $10 less MSRP). Why do I have to pay another $10 for maps to play on a service I already pay $50 a year for?

I'm sorry I have to rant on this, but I'm honestly dumbfound at the sheer number of people who fork over their cash with no problem and completely buy into all of Bungie's/Microsofts excuses for charging for this. Then again, more power to MS/Bungie for capitalizing on P.T. Barnum's original philosophy. I will download these maps, but not until they're free at springtime.

+1

Raptor said,
I didn't want this to come across as an insult, but I'll just be direct in my opinion because I'm honestly offended by your comment: You sound like a complete tool for Microsoft.

I refuse to touch this map pack until it comes out for free next spring. 800 points for 3 maps for a game that's barely three months old? A game that has broken the sales record by miles for biggest opening day for a game (What was it? Around 450 million dollars?). Why am I paying $50 a year for Live when I still have to pay for all the content on it?

Bungie's excuse (as taken from one of their weekly updates) of "It costs money to develop these things" just doesn't cut it for anyone who grew up playing first person shooters on the PC. Or maybe Valve was just the biggest bunch of suckers with all the content they gave away for Half-life. I can't even remember how many maps they gave away, but it felt like a ton, and let's not forget the fact that they game away an ENTIRE game as a thank you to their fans (The original Team Fortress for Half-life for those who don't know). I'm pretty sure the first Half-life didn't even come close to selling as well as Halo 3 did. Valve is just one example though. Epic has given away tons of free content as well, as well as countless other companies.

And last, my other favorite counter to the $10 for three friggen maps argument: "If you can't even afford ten dollars after buying Halo 3 and live there's something wrong with you." It isn't the cost that matters, it's the principle. Why am I paying $10 for a game I already payed $60 for? I already consider the $10 price hike of next gen games a joke (Which Nintendo seems to agree with, and lets not forget the laughable joke that every "Next-Gen" game ported to the PC costs $10 less MSRP). Why do I have to pay another $10 for maps to play on a service I already pay $50 a year for?

I'm sorry I have to rant on this, but I'm honestly dumbfound at the sheer number of people who fork over their cash with no problem and completely buy into all of Bungie's/Microsofts excuses for charging for this. Then again, more power to MS/Bungie for capitalizing on P.T. Barnum's original philosophy. I will download these maps, but not until they're free at springtime.

What's even better is when they charge you for the maps, the maps don't download correctly and you get banned. Nice work Bungie. This happened on the last map pack for H2. They still haven't resolved it. I LOVED halo, but until they resolve it, I'm not giving bungie another cent. There are plenty of other great games out there like COD 4 to occupy my time.

Raptor said,
I didn't want this to come across as an insult, but I'll just be direct in my opinion because I'm honestly offended by your comment: You sound like a complete tool for Microsoft.

I refuse to touch this map pack until it comes out for free next spring. 800 points for 3 maps for a game that's barely three months old? A game that has broken the sales record by miles for biggest opening day for a game (What was it? Around 450 million dollars?). Why am I paying $50 a year for Live when I still have to pay for all the content on it?

Bungie's excuse (as taken from one of their weekly updates) of "It costs money to develop these things" just doesn't cut it for anyone who grew up playing first person shooters on the PC. Or maybe Valve was just the biggest bunch of suckers with all the content they gave away for Half-life. I can't even remember how many maps they gave away, but it felt like a ton, and let's not forget the fact that they game away an ENTIRE game as a thank you to their fans (The original Team Fortress for Half-life for those who don't know). I'm pretty sure the first Half-life didn't even come close to selling as well as Halo 3 did. Valve is just one example though. Epic has given away tons of free content as well, as well as countless other companies.

And last, my other favorite counter to the $10 for three friggen maps argument: "If you can't even afford ten dollars after buying Halo 3 and live there's something wrong with you." It isn't the cost that matters, it's the principle. Why am I paying $10 for a game I already payed $60 for? I already consider the $10 price hike of next gen games a joke (Which Nintendo seems to agree with, and lets not forget the laughable joke that every "Next-Gen" game ported to the PC costs $10 less MSRP). Why do I have to pay another $10 for maps to play on a service I already pay $50 a year for?

I'm sorry I have to rant on this, but I'm honestly dumbfound at the sheer number of people who fork over their cash with no problem and completely buy into all of Bungie's/Microsofts excuses for charging for this. Then again, more power to MS/Bungie for capitalizing on P.T. Barnum's original philosophy. I will download these maps, but not until they're free at springtime.

You have got a valid point there. Even though I am a HUGE fan of Bungie and Halo, I am a little hurt by this fact.

@Raptor:

Dude chill lol. I agree with some of the things you say, but I really don't think that whole rant was necessary. If you like the game and want some new action soon, you get the pack. If you're not completety addicted to Halo, you'll wait. I don't see any reason for saying much more.

Swordnyx said,
@Raptor:

Dude chill lol. I agree with some of the things you say, but I really don't think that whole rant was necessary. If you like the game and want some new action soon, you get the pack. If you're not completety addicted to Halo, you'll wait. I don't see any reason for saying much more.

Your attitude is what makes Bungie and every bungie out there do as they please. You seriously think its ok to pay for just 3 maps for a game thats out for 3 months ? And like Raptor correctly said H3 was/is a huge success. One would expect Bungie to give stuff like maps for free just like saying thanks for buying our game all you millions of guys. And this is what you get instead.

hava333 said,
What's even better is when they charge you for the maps, the maps don't download correctly and you get banned. Nice work Bungie. This happened on the last map pack for H2. They still haven't resolved it. I LOVED halo, but until they resolve it, I'm not giving bungie another cent. There are plenty of other great games out there like COD 4 to occupy my time.

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Harbinger said,

Your attitude is what makes Bungie and every bungie out there do as they please. You seriously think its ok to pay for just 3 maps for a game thats out for 3 months ? And like Raptor correctly said H3 was/is a huge success. One would expect Bungie to give stuff like maps for free just like saying thanks for buying our game all you millions of guys. And this is what you get instead.

/me goes back to COD4 that hasn't left my console in weeks.

glazzz said,

/me goes back to COD4 that hasn't left my console in weeks.


ditto !

/edit: Actually yesterday I removed COD4 from my Xbox360 for the first time in weeks... to try and buy the maps to play with my cousin. What did I get ? "Unable to authorize payment, please choose a different payment option". That is so freakin stupid. I couldn't even buy points with an existing card or even add a new card.

Now I got 2 good reasons to not buy those maps and go back to COD4.

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